Williams Sets American Junior Record on Opening Day of Cherry and Silver Invite
Jan. 24, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. and NASHVILLE -- Georgia freshman Kendell Williams set a new American junior record in the pentathlon with a total of 4,302 points on Friday evening at the opening day of the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Collegiate Invitational.
The previous American junior record in the pentathlon was set in 2005 by Penn State's Gayle Hunter with 4,059 points. Williams' mark is currently leading the nation and is also No. 2 in the Lady Bulldog record books.
Senior Lucie Ondraschkova finished second overall with 4,218 points, just 10 points off of her personal best mark and currently the No. 2 mark in the nation behind Williams. Quintunya Chapman finished sixth in the competition with 3,670 points in her multi event debut.
Williams won the high jump in the pentathlon by clearing a height of 5-11.25 which ranks tied for 10th in the Georgia record books. Ondraschkova finished fourth with a mark of 5-7.75. Chapman cleared 5-1.75.
Williams claimed first in the long jump with a mark of 20-6.25, which stands at sixth place all-time in school history. Ondraschkova was directly behind in second with a career-best jump of 20-1 to move into ninth place all-time at Georgia. Chapman placed sixth with a 17-9.50.
Williams also took the title in the 60 meter hurdles with an 8.40, just one second off of her time from last week's Auburn Invitational. Ondraschkova placed third in the event with a personal-best 8.66 to move into ninth place in school history. Chapman finished sixth in 8.91.
In the 800 meter run, Ondraschkova took first in 2:19.64, followed by Champman in second (2:24.98) and Williams in third (2:26.64).
On the opening day of the men's heptathlon competition, sophomore Maicel Uibo finished third in the 60 meter dash with a 7.24 while claiming top honors in the long jump with a mark of 23-10.25.
Union continued his strong outing in the shot put, tossing for a mark of 46-00.50 before rounding out the day with a second-place finish in the high jump with a 6-11.
Also in New Mexico, Freshman Asianna Covington finished fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 65-7.75, which ranks her fourth all-time in school history. Elizabeth Tepe finished ninth with a throw of 56-00.50.
Half of the Bulldogs' squad competed in Nashville at the Vanderbilt Collegiate Indoor Invitational where the Commodores played host to the meet on their brand new indoor track facility.
Sophomore Chanice Porter placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 19-11.75, and Torrenzia Lyles finished 15th in the event with a jump of 18-2.5.
Freshman Rachael Doverspike finished 16th in the high jump with a mark of 5-2.5, while Georgia alum Saniel Atkinson-Grier won the event with a jump of 6-1.5. On the men's side, sophomore Maurice Freeman claimed fifth place in his signature event by clearing a height of 6-8.75.
Check back to georgiadogs.com later this evening for complete coverage of the later action in both meets. Action continues tomorrow in both meets, with the women's shot put set to kick things off at noon EST in New Mexico.